Spirits, also referred to as ghosts, are the essences or souls of the deceased. When a person dies, their souls are collected by the Angel of Death and taken to the afterlife. However, not all become spirits as some choose to be reincarnated, thus starting a new life after death.
Some spirits remain on earth when they are unable to move on. Usually this occurs when a person has unfinished business in life, such as being unable to accept their death or when their death was so quick that they still believe themselves to be alive. Spirits may also remain on earth until justice had been done or when they seek avenge themselves. Evil spirits may remain on earth to avoid purgatory.
The appearance of spirits has greatly varied over the course of the series. They may be transparent and hazy such as in the case of Elias Lundy or corporeal as with Charlene. Some ghosts like Rick and Nathan Lang are transparent but crystal clear, not hazy. Mark Chao, the first ghost encountered in the series, was invisible to everyone except magical beings, but to those he appeared undistinguishable from a live person. In "I Dream of Phoebe" when Phoebe and Paige became ghosts Chris stated they could haunt anybody they wanted.
There is a potion Piper used in "Love's a Witch" that can determine if there is ectoplasmic residue on an object. With the correct ingredients, once the suspected object is dropped within the potion, it will glow white if ectoplasmic residue is present.
Book of Shadows
- Banishing a Ghost
- How to Perform a Seance
- To Call for a Spirit
- To Lure an Evil Spirit
- To Send An Evil Ghost to Judgment
- To Summon the Dead
- To Vanquish a Ghost and Return Him to His Rest
Powers and Abilities
- Wisping: The ability to teleport through wisping lights. When spirits are summoned, they may also teleport through the use of white orbs.
- Intangibility: The ability to be intangible and move through solid objects. Spirits are naturally intangible, but can become able to become tangible and touch objects when angered.
- Invisibility: The ability to be unseen by the naked eye. Spirits are naturally invisible to mortals, though magical beings can see them.
- Floating: The ability to float in the air a few inches above the ground. Some spirits are seen floating, while others are grounded and can walk.
- Possession: The ability to enter the body of another being and possess it.
- Electrokinesis: The ability to manipulate electricity and throw bolts of lightning. Elias Lundy was the only spirit to be shown using this power.
- Plasma Balls: The ability to throw balls of ectoplasmic energy, capable of vanquishing beings. Olivia Callaway was the only spirit to be shown using this power.
- Corporealization: The ability to assume a corporeal form. Some spirits are powerful enough to become corporeal. Summoned spirits can also become corporeal when stepping out of the circle they are summoned in.
- Spirit Writing: The ability to write messages from the afterlife through the use of orbs.
- Sensing: The ability to sense the location of other magical beings.
- Summoning: The ability to summon other beings to one's presence. Some spirits possess the ability to summon other Spirits to their side.
- Wiccan Powers: Spirits of Witches retain their powers after death and are able to use them.
List of Spirits
- Season 1
- Mark Chao ("Dead Man Dating")
- Jackson Ward ("The Power of Two")
- Andy Trudeau ("Deja Vu All Over Again", "Virtue" & "Something Old, Something Prue")
- Season 2
- Sam Wilder ("P3 H2O")
- Elias Lundy ("Reckless Abandon")
- Martha van Lewen ("Reckless Abandon")
- Charlene Hughes ("Ex Libris")
- Season 3
- Season 4
- Clyde ("A Paige from the Past")
- Frankie and Lulu ("A Paige from the Past")
- Mr. and Mrs. Matthews ("A Paige from the Past")
- Angela Provazolli ("Trial by Magic")
- Rick and Nathan Lang ("Saving Private Leo")
- Maria ("Saving Private Leo")
- Season 5
- Isis ("Y Tu Mummy Tambien")
- The Necromancer ("Necromancing the Stone")
- Fairy Queen ("Necromancing the Stone")
- Warren Witches ("Necromancing the Stone")
- Season 6
- Krueger ("Valhalley of the Dolls, Part 1")
- Olivia Callaway ("Love's a Witch")
- Larry Henderson ("Soul Survivor")
- Benjamin Montana ("I Dream of Phoebe")
- Season 7
- Warren Witches ("Cheaper by the Coven")
- Toulouse ("Show Ghouls")
- Inez ("Show Ghouls")
- Piano Player ("Show Ghouls")
- George ("Show Ghouls")
- Count Roget ("Show Ghouls")
- Marie ("Show Ghouls")
- Cole Turner ("The Seven Year Witch")
- Drake dè Mon ("The Seven Year Witch")
- Season 8
- Season 9
- Melinda Warren ("Last Witch Effort" - "The Charmed Offensive")
- Kyle Brody ("Three Little Wiccans" - "The Charmed Offensive")
- Warren Witches ("Last Witch Effort" - "The Charmed Offensive")
- Cole Turner ("The All or Nothing" - "The Charmed Offensive", "Cupid's Harrow" - "Four's Company", "Prue Ya Gonna Call?", "The Power of 300")
- Season 10
- Cole Turner ("No Country for Old Ones" - "Whatever Happened to the Demon with a Soul?")
- Faith ("The Perks of Being a Whitelighter")
- Will o' the Wisp ("Will o' the Witch")
- Benjamin Turner ("Haste Makes Wasteland" - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Turner")
- Patience ("Virtue" & "Something Old, Something Prue")